As Phil Plait explains in Slate, this new image isn't quite a new Earthrise, from a technical point of view, because this isn't really a photograph but a composite image produced by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on October 12, 2015. But that hasn't stopped it being seen as an updated version thereof, e.g. when Cnet headlines: "Sublime new NASA Earthrise image shows rare view from the moon." The composite nature of the image somehow makes Earth feel a bit more distant, a bit more interfered with, compared to the original photo, but of course a camera, too, is technology. There would be a more rigorous argument to be laid out here, but now is not the time. Perhaps the update is fitting: the more "we" play with DNA and pollute ourselves, the more we should perhaps see "our" world through increasing layers of our own intervention. It's harder and harder to "step outside."
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